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Post by trog @ 10:06am 08/07/09 | 33 Comments
The all-singing, all-dancing media player VLC has reached version 1.0.0 at long last. This free, open source, cross platform media player removes the headache of trying to play almost any sort of video, offering built-in support for most video formats - so you're not stuck trying to find some ridiculous obscure codec for some random video you downloaded.

It comes highly recommended, not just because it is free and open source, but because it is a genuinely useful application that is definitely worth your time.

You can download it now locally from AusGamers in both Windows and Mac OS X flavours.



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Term
Posted 10:41am 08/7/09
downloaded it last night, not many changes since .99 still has the volume bug where you have to use your mouse wheel to control volume but other than that still the best player bar none, love it~!
skythra
Posted 10:44am 08/7/09
Too bad the reps on their forums are a bunch of tools. They really make the dev's sound like a bunch of self absorbed elitists.

also: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html says 0.9.9 is the official release?

Edit: 1.0.0 is available for linux
Midda
Posted 10:51am 08/7/09
I still don't like VLC. Sure, the compatibility is nice, but it's missing/not very good at some really simple features that I need in a media player. For example, stepping frame by frame through videos. They only recently added the ability to do this, and in my tests, it doesn't work very well, often skipping frames and responding slowly.

Myself and people I know have also found it to introduce a lot of artifacts with 1080p h.264 files, and it doesn't seem to have as good colour reproduction as the Windows 7 h.264 decoder. I don't have any exmaples to back that up, this is just going from my eyes in a side-by-side comparison.
Crash
Posted 10:59am 08/7/09
been using it for years, highly recommended
trog
Posted 11:02am 08/7/09
For example, stepping frame by frame through videos. They only recently added the ability to do this, and in my tests, it doesn't work very well, often skipping frames and responding slowly.
heh how often do you do that?!
tequila
Posted 11:20am 08/7/09
I agree ^

VLC, as far as being a media player goes, is the bomb.
if you want to step through something frame by frame, use something that is designed to do so?
Term
Posted 11:21am 08/7/09
heh I wondered that then figured I couldnt be arsed :)

I do agree that in win7 wmp has softer / warmer use of colours in their decoding than vlc, and occationally I'll watch a show by making it open in wmp for that very reason, however it isnt that often I do it, vlc is just fine.
demon
Posted 11:34am 08/7/09
although i always install vlc as the obscure codec media player i prefer to use mpc coz vlc is fkn horrible when using the seek bar. it pixelises up like crazy when you seek ahead n often i have to pause & un-pause to get rid of the pixelisation.

(edit) just dled & installed 1.0.0 & the issue i had seems to be fixed so i'll shut up now n mad props to vlc :P

last edited by demon at 11:34:08 08/Jul/09
MoGs
Posted 11:27am 08/7/09
Downloading it now ... hopefully won't f*ck up anything.
Crash
Posted 11:34am 08/7/09
GOM is my backup player in case for some reason VLC doesn't like a file. Doesn't happen very often though, also recommend that one.
TiT
Posted 12:33pm 08/7/09
i actually prefer KM player better then VLC
Damo
Posted 12:43pm 08/7/09
haven't used vlc in sometime now.. mainly using media player classic homecinema.
Raven
Posted 12:58pm 08/7/09
heh how often do you do that?!

Every time I watch Die Hard with a Vengeance and they drop from the bridge to the boat via cable... :D
Pinky
Posted 01:08pm 08/7/09
I use Media Player Classic, Quicktime Alternative, Realplayer Alternative and K-Lite codecs.
Morax
Posted 01:13pm 08/7/09
I use Media Player Classic, Quicktime Alternative, Realplayer Alternative and K-Lite codecs.

I always found VLC was really slow compared to MPC
Hogfather
Posted 01:25pm 08/7/09
Doesn't meet my needs as a media solution, but it is awesome for a catch-all media player in case I get something funky.
FocaL
Posted 01:38pm 08/7/09
Combine community codec pack (CCCP) has been ahead of the game for years.

Now that other players have caught up in terms of compatibility why do ppl bother with VLC.
thermite
Posted 01:40pm 08/7/09
Because VLC is the only media player that will play a significant number of files. I don't think it has anything to do with codecs either.
Mitch
Posted 04:07pm 08/7/09
Wow focal lol. Because other players dont provide the same functionally. Not everbody wonts ot use wmp/mpc etc.
Triamks
Posted 04:25pm 08/7/09
Because VLC is the only media player that will play a significant number of files. I don't think it has anything to do with codecs either.


Yes, it doesn't. VLC will play that significant number of files with or without codecs installed, so the comparison Focal made is flawed.
Midda
Posted 04:57pm 08/7/09
heh how often do you do that?!

I'm an animator, so all the time. Video reference I find on the net comes from all kinds of sources, and because I don't have admin rights on my work PC, I can't install my own codecs, so some videos will only play with VLC, but then I can't really do anything other than play them.
whoop
Posted 06:14pm 08/7/09
have they fixed dvdsimple:// yet? That s*** has been broken since they moved to 0.9.x. I'm sticking with 0.8.6i

so some videos will only play with VLC, but then I can't really do anything other than play them.

Have you tried MediaPlayer Classic HomeCinema? I think it's supposed to come with a bunch of built in decoders (more than the original MPC) but can't confirm this as I use FFDShow.

Link
Supported Decoding:

MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 playback. Media Player Classic is capable of VCD, SVCD and DVD playback, without the need to install any additional software or codecs.
It has built-in codecs for MPEG-2 video and codecs for LPCM, MP2, AC3 and DTS audio, and also contains an improved MPEG splitter that supports playback of VCDs and SVCDs using its VCD/SVCD/XCD Reader. A *.mp4 and MPEG-4 Timed Text support added. An AAC decoding filter makes MPC suitable for AAC playback in MP4.
MPC Home Cinema also has H.264 and VC-1 with DXVA support, DivX, Xvid, and Flash Video formats is available in MPC HC. MPC can also use the QuickTime and the RealPlayer architectures. Media Player Classic supports native playback of OGM and Matroska container formats.
Supported Video, Audio and Image File Formats:

WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, SND, AU, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, MIDI, MPEG, MPG, MP2, VOB, AC3, DTS, ASX, M3U, PLS, WAX, ASF, WM, WMA, WMV, AVI, CDA, JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, D2V, MP4, SWF, MOV, QT, FLV
thermite
Posted 06:21pm 08/7/09
I have MPC 6.4.9.0, rarely it has gotten me out of a pickle when VLC wouldn't play a file - but I do find a lot more broken files won't play in MPC than VLC. Haven't tried MPC HomeCinema though.
Midda
Posted 06:30pm 08/7/09
Have you tried MediaPlayer Classic HomeCinema? I think it's supposed to come with a bunch of built in decoders (more than the original MPC) but can't confirm this as I use FFDShow.

Yeah, at home I have, but as I said, I don't have admin rights on my work PC, so I can't just install programs on there. I can play the majority of the video files I download, it's just the odd one that causes me grief.
whoop
Posted 09:43pm 08/7/09
Oh, I saw the admin thing but figured you must have been able to install VLC somehow. You don't need to install MPC you just run it from its own directory as far as I'm aware.
Zak
Posted 07:26am 09/7/09
i actually prefer KM player better then VLC


+1. Find it to be way more stable, faster loading and the GUI a bit nicer.
Mike
Posted 08:35am 10/7/09
Media Player Classic Home Cinema + K-Lite Codec Pack FTW!
louie
Posted 10:36am 10/7/09
mpc for movies/shows/porn etc
irfanview for everything else

FTW !!!!!
whoop
Posted 06:16pm 10/7/09
i actually prefer KM player better then VLC

I just googled km player and is it a winamp plugin or are the devs really that stupid & made it look exactly like winamp modern?
DM
Posted 06:42pm 10/7/09
I love MPC too much as it does nearly everything I want. That is with the exception of DVDs, which I play using VLC.
smashingpumpkin
Posted 08:39pm 10/7/09
vlc ftw
i use nothing else
greazy
Posted 08:49pm 10/7/09
DM: MPC does that as well.
Scooter
Posted 08:57pm 10/7/09
MPC here as well.

VLC as back up, cant remember the last time I had to use it.

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